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Coaching Staff

 

Craig Shaw
Head Coach

Craig Shaw, a proven winner and a nine-year veteran of the coaching ranks, was named the head coach of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women’s soccer team in December of 2016.

Shaw made the transition to NCAA Division I after starting the women’s soccer program at Fort Hays State (NCAA DII) in 2011. In six years with the Tigers, the Australian international amassed a record of 66-44-11, including a pair of Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Tournament titles.

He had a career record of 104-64-14 spread across NCAA Division II and NAIA.

Under Shaw, the Tigers eclipsed the 10-wins plateau in four seasons, had 40 players named all-MIAA and saw five players earn NSCAA All-Region laurels, including two in 2016.

His 2016 FHSU squad tied a program record with 44 goals in a season, en route to a 15-5-3 record, a MIAA championship and an appearance in the NCAA Regional Finals. Shaw was named MIAA coach of the year.

In just their second year of existence, the Tigers won the MIAA tournament title and a bid to the NCAA tournament with a 14-7-1 record.

Prior to his time in Hays, Kan., Shaw served as the head coach at Ottawa University for three seasons. Shaw was named the NSCAA NAIA Regional Coach of the Year in 2009, after leading the Braves to a conference championship.

Shaw has made stops at St. Ambrose University as the assistant men’s soccer coach and Assumption High School in Davenport, Iowa. During his playing days, he guided Carson Newman College to back-to-back conference titles and led the Eagles to an Elite 8 appearance in 2003.

Before he came to America, Shaw was a starter for Nerang Soccer Club of the Gold Coast Premier League in Australia.

He and his wife, Alexandra, have two daughters, Torey and Bella, and a son, Harry.

 

Chris Jones
Assistant Coach

Jones joined Shaw on the Island in December of 2016. He serves as the goalkeeper coach for the Blue and Green.

Prior to joining A&M-Corpus Christi, Jones was the second head coach in Washburn women’s soccer history. In two years with the Ichabods, he compiled a record of 14-18-6.

In his first season on the Ichabod sidelines, he led the Ichabods to a five-win improvement going 5-9-5 overall and 4-5-2 in the MIAA, tying for sixth place in the conference.

At Washburn, he coached 11 players to all-MIAA honors.

In the classroom during the 2015-16 season, the soccer team recorded a 3.51 cumulative GPA in the spring of 2015 and an overall GPA of 3.46.

Under Jones, the Ichabods have had 22 players named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll and two students named to the MIAA Scholar Athlete list as well as two players who received the MIAA Academic Excellence Award after recording a 4.00 GPAs.

While earning his Master’s of Science in Health and Human Performance from Fort Hays State in 2015, Jones helped the Tigers to a record of 20-13-5 over two years, including the team’s highest-ever finish in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association standings in 2014.

Jones has helped coach 11 All-MIAA selections at Fort Hays State, including a program-best eight following the 2014 season. He also helped FHSU gain three Daktronics All-Central Region selections in 2014 including the program’s only first team all-region pick. He also helped guide three Tigers to NSCAA all-region accolades.

Jones previously served as the head coach and president of the University of Oklahoma Men’s Soccer Club from 2010-12. He graduated from Oklahoma in the spring of 2013 with a degree in Sociology after transferring from Northeastern State University, where he was a goalkeeper for the men’s team from 2007-2009.

He has a wide range of experience, including spending time as a practice player for the Oklahoma women’s team, which featured the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. Jones also spent the 2014 season as the head coach of Thomas More Prep-Marian leading the Monarchs to the regional championship game.

Jones is a native of Tulsa, Okla., where he attended Bishop Kelley High School and was part of the Tulsa Nationals Club Soccer team from 2000-07.

Jones has his NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 1 and 2 coaching diplomas and his USSF class C license and his USSF class National D license.

 

Hunter Nail
Assistant Coach

Nail came to the Island in December of 2016 after spending five years as an assistant under Shaw at Fort Hays State.

With Fort Hays State, Nail posted a record of 60-32-10 with two NCAA appearances, including the Sweet 16 in 2016. His defense was ranked eighth in NCAA Division II.

Nail served as a student assistant coach for the FHSU women's program throughout his four years as an undergraduate student.

Nail has helped the Tigers to a record of 40-31-7 in his time as a student assistant. He helped the program claim the MIAA Tournament Championship in 2012 to earn an automatic qualifying bid into the NCAA Tournament. He also helped the program to its best-ever win percentage in 2014 as the team finished with a record of 13-5-2.

Nail is a native of Centennial, Colo.